Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

Textbook Traffic Calming Seems to Irk Some SFMTA Employees, Ones Stuck at an SFMTA-Created Bottleneck, Oak and Octavia – Extra Parking Spaces vs. Flow

Monday, February 26th, 2018

PCO RTB – Parking Control Officers Return(ing) To Base.

Here’s the Polk Street version – just take the bike lane, easy-peasy. Not looking for violations, just repositioning:


But Oak, the Great Eastern Way, a Freeway Substitute, well for some reason, our SFMTA decided to offer street parking to our tech-heavy newcomers living in expensive new units in a now-fashionable part of the Western Addition. See? No bike lane = stuck on Oak like everybody else:


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Just saying…

Incident at COSTCO #144: Irate-Sounding SFMTA PCO vs. a Lyft Driver from Sacramento – “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

So I wondered how would an SFMTA-licensed cabbie drop off a grandmother at America’s First Urban Costco in the SoMA, like wouldn’t that be considered double parking as well?

Anyway, this PCO fiddled with his newfangled ticket giving machine and yelled that phrase at the driver of this Lyft with Sacramento-area license plate holders. One assumes that the driver had just picked up or dropped off on this block of 10th.


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You can bank on this being a real PCO and him loudly yelling this parking advice: “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!” But if this was an active Lyfter and whether a ticket was issued to anybody at this time, well, IDK.

This kind of yelling is not something I see every day, and I still don’t know how regular citizens or UBER Lyfters or cabbies are supposed to drop ppl off at Frisco’s Best Store without double parking for a few seconds at least…

Oh well.

IT’S NEW! Our SFMTA’s Proposed Operating Budget: FY 2019 & FY 2020 – Oh My, $3 Off-Peak Cable Car Fares? – And a $5 All Day Fare?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Hot off the presses:

Balancing the Transportation Needs of a Growing City – FY 2019 and FY 2020 Operating Budget – SFMTA Board Meeting – Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation – February 20, 2018

Or maybe this webpage went live four days ago. Anyway, this stuff is new to me.

And oh, the above link is sure to have gone busted by, IDK, let’s say April 2018, so here’s your permalink:


So what would a Low-Income Single Ride Fare be, like $1.25?


An Adult All Day Pass for $5 almost sounds like a deal. But the SFMTA is counting on purchasers only taking two trips per day like 97% of the time? That seems optimistic:


OPTION 1 here means that the sucker fare in two years for ppl coming to Frisco just off the turnip truck will be an astonishing $3.25?


What’s this, SFTMA? No growth in the great suburban Richmond, Sunset and Parkside Districts until 2040 at the earliest? Well played, SFMTA – there’s no reason to court controversy, especially if ppl in government want to bust you up, right?


Our cursed Central Subway, second only to the quite corrupt NYC on the how many billions of dollars per mile in the how much is this thing gonna cost contest, will start being a load in 2020. (Of course, it was supposed to “make money” for MUNI – that was a promise:


Pick your outrage here – does it really cost MUNI over $500 to remove a Denver Boot from a car? Wow.


I’m not sure why the SFMTA’s budget is allowed to grow at all, much less with a built-in commish for the SFMTA. But look at this – an “Off Peak Cable Car fare for our Cable Cars. Just $3. Wow:


Wires, Beautiful Wires Overhead – Some Rich People Hate Them, Insist Upon Using Tax Money to UNDERGROUND Them – Well, Maybe Not Beautiful, But Functional, and Cheap

Monday, February 5th, 2018

IOW, the the rich ppl of the UNDERGROUNDING Commission can take their aesthetics and GTH.

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Coming Down Masonic, Bike Riders have Five Choices on Which Way To Go at Fulton – Which Would You Choose?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

IDK, I’ll guess I’ll say that I don’t understand what the SFMTA is doing with Masonic for what, the past couple of years or so?

So, for the still inchoate “transformation” of the 3000 feet of Masonic from Fell on up to Geary, are people still riding their bikes on the sidewalks?

Well, Hell to the yes. And as a matter of fact, now more than ever.

So for instance, the northbound block between Grove and Fulton has bus stop that drivers just ease on over to. You’re going want to be on the absurdly wide sidewalk on this block of Masonic. (I guess when it’s all done, buses will just stop in the slow lane. And somehow this won’t create traffic during the Morning Drive. Somehow.)

Now take a look here, coming down the hill approaching Fulton. Where will you end up after you cross?

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  1. The “fast lane” of Masonic. Potentially legal, but NOPE.
  2. The slow lane. Also potentially legal, but also NOPE.
  3. The bus stop. Well, it leads to the bike lane further south, but that’d be silly. NOPE
  4. The bike lane. Usually peds are in it, instead of the crowded sidewalk, so MAYBE.
  5. The already-crowded sidewalk. You could squeeze between the new garbage can and the vehicle(s) what are seemingly always there on your right. MAYBE.

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I’ll tell you, I never go on the sidewalks of Market, but I always go on the sidewalks of Masonic, or at least on some blocks of Masonic, depending on traffic, conditions, etc. Go figure.

Anyway, you should too. My advice. Until the current morass dries out a bit, or rather, until the long-promised “transformation” of Masonic…

[And oh yes, if you continue on down towards Fell, I’ll tell you to take Central or Ashbury instead of Masonic, depending on your final destination. Or consider the sidewalk, depending, of course, upon traffic and whatnot.]

The Parking Man Cometh … to Paint Red Curbs on Fell from Baker to Shrader – Perhaps 20 Spaces Eliminated – SFMTA Hearing Feb 2nd

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

[UPDATE: I myself don’t read this SFMTA notice as a wholesale elimination of parking on the north side of Fell, As Seen On Reddit. (That kind of action would be much easier for the SFMTA to describe – they would just come out and said that.) IRL, this is going to be a bit of red paint here and there AFAICS.]

Here’s one of the PUBLIC HEARING notices just posted all over the western Fell street area:


Of course there was the fatal accident on Fell at Baker last year – that could have something to do with this effort.

Apparently, parking in between crosswalks will be eliminated, at least on the north side of the Panhandle / the south side of Fell Street.

At first I thought that these areas might get used for UBER and Lyft pickup and drop off, but they’re on the wrong side of the road. Anyway, dropping your friend off in the Panhandle will be easier after all the red paint gets put down, sometime later this year…

A. Fell Street, north side, from Baker Street to 17 feet easterly (extends existing 10-foot red
B. Baker Street, east side, from Fell Street to 5 feet southerly (extends existing 3-foot red
C. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Lyon Street to 49 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
D. Lyon Street, west side, from Fell Street to 12 feet northerly
E. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Central Avenue to 39 feet easterly
(extends existing 7-foot red zone to prohibit parking within “T” intersection)
F. Fell Street, north side, from Central Avenue to 10 feet easterly
G. Masonic Avenue, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
H. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Ashbury Street to 38 feet easterly
(prohibits parking within “T” intersection)
I. Fell Street, south side, from Ashbury Street to 10 feet easterly
J. Ashbury Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
K. Fell Street, south side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
L. Fell Street, north side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
M. Clayton Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
N. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Cole Street to 38 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
O. Fell Street, south side, from Cole Street to 10 feet easterly
P. Cole Street, west side, from Fell Street to 10 feet northerly
Q. Fell Street, south side, from Shrader Street to 10 feet easterly
R. Shrader Street, west side, from Fell Street to 9 feet easterly”


Mystery Shroom, Masonic

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Don’t know what this new thing does, or what it emits. Might make a nice street stool though:

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Thank goodness I have protection

MUNI Motorheads – These Well-Paid SFMTA Employees Take Don’t Take the Bus to Work, That’s for Sure

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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Hey, I know. Why don’t we start charging SFGov employees like $400 a month to park, you know, due to the High Cost Of Free Parking and whatnot?

Until then, zoom zoom…


Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

I’ve never moved a Scoot to escape, myself.

Another close parker on the Streets of San Francisco:

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Oh, if only all Scoot-ers were perfect parkers

More Trouble for Our Hidebound SFMTA: Its Magic Cure-Alls, Traffic Circles, are Causing Problems on Euclid These Days

Monday, January 8th, 2018

These things are new. Some don’t like them, for various reasons. Anyway, these changes on Euclid have generated boo-coup calls to 311, and what’s new this week is that non-SFMTA members of Our City Family are looking into them, like today, at City Hall.  Perhaps crosswalk lines could be moved, that kind of thing.

That’s the update.

Ah, late 2017:

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Euclidian geometry:

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